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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Dec 12, 2013 2:35 pm
Looking for furry friends to take home this holiday season?
Dec 12, 2013 2:00 pm
Providence's lineman David Sharpe picks the Florida Gators over Clemson and Tennessee on Thursday morning.
Dec 12, 2013 12:22 pm
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating possible remains found in the 7100 block of Melvin Road.
Dec 12, 2013 12:06 pm
A United States Postal Service letter carrier is facing theft charges after allegedly asking people along his route to borrow money for reasons that police said later turned out to be untrue.
Dec 12, 2013 11:33 am
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a Blount Island Security Guard accidentally shot himself in the leg.
Dec 12, 2013 10:32 am
Two Sumatran tigers are joining the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden. The tigers will be in the new 2.5 acre attraction set to open in March 2014, Land of the Tiger.
Dec 11, 2013 9:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a Wednesday evening shooting.
Dec 11, 2013 9:25 pm
A school bus with 47 passengers on board was involved in a crash in Nassua County Wednesday afternoon.
Dec 11, 2013 9:07 pm
Christmas on Fleming Island is fast approaching. The free event will be held at Hibernia Baptist Church at 7100 Highway South on Dec. 14 and 15. It is open to the public and begins at 5 p.m.
Dec 11, 2013 9:03 pm
A 36-year-old woman is in critical condition at UF Health after a motorcycle crash on the northside Wednesday evening.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Dec 12, 2013 7:10 pm
A Fort Lauderdale man is accused of pocketing the upfront fees that he charged timeshare owners after claiming he would sell their properties.
Dec 12, 2013 5:49 pm
MIAMI (7-6) VS. NEW ENGLAND (10-3), Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSDave Hyde
Dec 12, 2013 4:48 pm
The Miami Marlins on Thursday put a bow on an active week at the Baseball Winter Meetings, acquiring outfielder Brian Bogusevic from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Justin Ruggiano.&nb...
Dec 12, 2013 4:44 pm
Charter boat captain Jim Sharpe was on his dock on Summerland Key last Friday when he noticed a brown pelican having difficulty eating little ballyhoo baitfish. ...
Dec 12, 2013 4:44 pm
Sheriff's Office investigating corpses in canal near John Prince ParkTwo corpses were found in a Lake Worth canal Thursday morning, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. &...
Dec 12, 2013 4:23 pm
About a hundred people lined Bluesten Park and Old Federal Highway to watch the park's water tower topple to the ground Thursday morning.
Dec 12, 2013 2:54 pm
Bob Barker returns to "The Price Is Right" today to celebrate his 90th birthday. But the party also allows him to share his most important message: help animals.  ...
Dec 12, 2013 2:00 pm
The National Weather Service in Miami has issued a dense fog advisory for much of the interior portions of South Florida for Thursday morning.
Dec 12, 2013 1:47 pm
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for its Golden Globes awards Thursday morning.
Dec 12, 2013 12:58 pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African sign language interpreter accused of miming nonsense as world leaders paid tribute toNelson Mandeladefended himself as a "champion" signer on Thursda...
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